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The Morris Museum Visits the Randolph Public Library

Vanessa Camargo

Sunday, February 23, 2014 • 11:48pm

RANDOLPH,NJ- Right smack in the middle of the worst winter in recent memory, there could not have been a more appropriate time for the Randolph Library's most recent event.  On Thursday, Feb. 20. The Morris Museum brought their Wild World of Weather Program to the town library to educate and entertain Randolph kids aged 5 and up.

The museum offers hands-on programs that involve the participant as they learn. The Wild World of Weather Program allows kids to experience learning in an interactive way using museum artifacts and viewing multimedia presentations. Kids learn about the phenomena of weather through demonstrations, which help them gain an understanding of world weather conditions.

The museum has 35 programs that are done outside the exhibition, which will reach out to schools, assistant living facilities and libraries. The programs range in age and include a variety of different subjects.

“Wild World of Weather is pretty fun,” said Outreach Program Coordinator, Emily Emilyembler. “It’s a lot of activities which demonstrate how hot air spreads out and cold air sticks together.”

They  spoke to kids about different weather clouds like cumulus, stratus, cirrus and cumulonimbus clouds. They also included weather tools that kids can use to figure out weather on their own. 

The Morris Museum also has a traveling planetarium program, which is mainly done at schools because of the space required.

“The Morris Museum, we have a little bit of everything there,” said Emilyember. “We have fossils. We have a really big Lego exhibit until March 9.”

At the library Thursday night, the kids lesson was about wind. Girls represented hot air where each girl was a single drop of hot air. The activity had girls spread out and they discovered that hot air is light. Boys were cold air and linked arms. In their activity, the boys bunched together to discover that cold air is heavy.

Other fun tools were used in the presentation including a thermometer, a windsock, Ping-Pong balls and marbles. The program’s teachings had Randolph kids excited and active about the weather, an appropraite topic for the current winter.

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